Friday, April 16, 2021
Editorial

Change agent

Revolution doesn’t merely or only mean an upheaval or a sanguinary strife – nor is there anyplace for individual vendetta. Revolution necessarily implies the programme of systematic reconstruction of the society on a better basis. Revolution means that present order of things which is based on manifest injustice must change. Revolution is the spirit, the longing for a “change” for better. So who can bring this change? What can be the answer to this other than youth? Change factor depends crucially on the ways and means through which youth are encouraged and nurtured as a positive force for catalysts of the “change”. At institutional level it is essential for an appropriate policy frame work to be in place to harness the energies of the youth, which is terribly missing here or is sabotaged by the institution itself. Youth has to instill in them a passion to know about themselves and their surroundings, and adherence to the change process. There are efforts to convert youth, who are to take reins of our land in their hands tomorrow, into absolute dumb individuals. We all agree that their main focus should be their studies but is knowledge about the conditions in their land and ability to improve them not part of their education? If it is not then we need to question this system. Many parents say, “Son/daughter, you may study and think in tune with politics but don’t actively participate in it. This way you will be wiser and more helpful to the nation.” If such is the case, it is better to teach students the lesson of sycophancy from their birth itself. People generally get accustomed to the established order of things and begin to tremble at the very idea of change. It is this lethargy that needs to be replaced by revolutionary spirit otherwise degeneration will gain supremacy. Such a state of affairs leads to stagnation and paralysis in the progress of a state. When we study revolutions we come across contribution of students in all those winning strides and know how students have shaped the destinies of nations. Students in highest seat of learning are mature enough to take part in decision making as well as forming strategies and executing them well. But here a student of same age can be father or mother of next generation but he or she is still immature for being part of the change making machinery. Institutions here have to be the platform for grooming the next generation leaders and it is their duty to provide the space without any bias and inclinations of any kind. They will lead our nation in future. Otherwise in near future we will be having leaders who don’t even know how to react to a particular incident or even to a question, which is the case this time with few exceptions always there. Today we are witnessing the terrible failure of our leaders, and we have to follow them as our second line of leaders is nowhere. Our young generation is the driving spirit of change we all want and we all have to be initiators of this change. If we cocoon ourselves in criminal silence, just cramming the syllabus, then we have to bear with the leaders from shop parapets and hooligans from the mob. At least we have to appreciate them for taking this “brave step” which our educated class is not able to do even after being students of “revolutionary studies and political sciences”. We then will have no right to say, why is somebody else making decision on our behalf. Our youth have to successfully accomplish the challenging tasks of national reconstruction and “change” we all talk about. Our youth has to be motivated to be active and committed participants to bring about the change. Our land stands at the decisive cross roads. Will we recklessly walk the same path of acquiescence, injustice and political ignorance? Or will we pull back before it is too late and reclaim the goal blurring every passing day. It is for the youth to decide the path.

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